'My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass,' Rep. tells Rove
Saturday January 13, 2007
According to conservative columnist Robert Novak, a freshman Democratic Congressman confronted the top GOP election strategist nicknamed "Bush's Brain" in a White House bathroom, and taunted him for failing to beat him in November.
But in a statement released on Friday, the White House dismissed the report as "ridiculous."
"Newly elected Rep. Steven Kagen, a rich allergist who self-financed his campaign in Wisconsin, by his own account taunted President and Mrs. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential adviser Karl Rove during a White House function for new members of Congress in December," Novak writes.
According to Novak, "Kagen told a group of activists that after he found himself in the restroom with Rove, he blocked the White House deputy chief of staff's departure by holding the door closed."
"You're in the White House and you think you're safe," Kagen allegedly said. "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass."
Novak adds, "The new congressman said he said separately to both Bush and Cheney: 'Thank you for coming to Green Bay. I couldn't have won without you coming.' Kagen also said he approached Laura Bush and purposely called her Barbara, the name of the president's mother. Kagen's remarks were reported in 'The Scene,' published in Appleton, Wis."
"The White House took a further step Friday in disputing a story that U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen told of how he insulted President and Mrs. Bush and a top political aide at a November reception," Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers reported on Saturday.
"His story is ridiculous," Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino wrote in a statement. "His version of events is not the way it happened at all."
"He did not call the first lady Barbara," Perino added. "He did not block the door to the men's room. He did not threaten anybody."
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